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Orlando Magic News for August 14th: Playing the Role of Underdog, Again; Courtney Lee Not Happy in New Jersey

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  • NBA experts say Cleveland and Boston have the East's best teams: Here are the votes
    Josh Robbins explains why the Orlando Magic got ranked behind the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a panel discussion.

    Well, some Orlando Magic fans think their team got a raw deal.

    This week, the Orlando Sentinel asked 11 NBA experts from across the country to rank the Eastern Conference’s best teams from top to bottom. Now that most of the big free-agent signings have been made, my editors and I thought this would be a good time to ask how the Magic stack up relative to their competition.

    Overall, the panelists ranked the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics higher than the Orlando Magic.
  • If healthy, Leon Powe could be big for the Cavaliers
    Tania Ganguli comments on how Leon Powe can help the Cavs.

  • Nets' Courtney Lee not happy to be in New Jersey
    Looks like Courtney Lee isn't happy being with the New Jersey Nets.

    Swingman Courtney Lee is apparently pretty unhappy about getting shipped to the New Jersey Nets from the Orlando Magic after only one season in Florida as part of the Vince Carter deal back in June, according to the New York Post.

    Lee's pal on the Magic, Dwight Howard, is apparently saying that his 6'5" buddy isn't overjoyed so Howard is feeding him self-help catchphrases to help ease his pain: "I told him he needs to make the best out of the situation. Learn from it and just use whatever he thinks is negative as a positive for motivation," said Howard.
    Can't be too surprised with the news, given that Lee really enjoyed playing with the Magic and developed a close friendship with Howard.
  • UPDATE: Stay tuned on Monday, when the final part of the mini-series highlighting Orlando & retired jerseys is revealed. The subject?

    Shaquille O'Neal.

  • Rarely magical for Denver in Orlando
    UPDATE 2: Nate Timmons of Denver Stiffs states why the Nuggets struggle against the Magic when playing at the Amway Arena. Intriguing.